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CAMPUS SNAPSHOT 

| University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mena says that they built the
center with the goal of providing more information to local
communities and politicians
to make informed decisions on
issues such as health, tourism,
infrastructure, and economic
development.
He says that members of the
local community are included
in the research process. They
work with a community board
that keeps the GSC informed of
local interests, and have close
partnerships with Galápagos
Diego Riveros-Iregui, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, explains his work at the
National Park and the local
Galápagos Science Center to a group of visitors
government council in order to
Billy Gerhard graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's in biology and
find better ways to protect the islands.
then earned a master's of science in public health in environmental
UNC-Chapel Hill is currently engaging the community in the
sciences and engineering. As an undergraduate, he did a summer
area of health. A new hospital was recently built on San Cristóbal,
and representatives of both UNC and USFQ met with the director program at the GSC in 2012. The next summer he returned as a
winner of the Vimy Global Team Award, a grant of up to $15,000
of the hospital and the ministry of health for the Galápagos. In
given annually to an interdisciplinary team of students working
2016 the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing sent a delegation to
collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the
USFQ in Quito and to the Galápagos to visit the new hospital.
United States. He is currently pursuing a PhD in environmental
GSC also keeps the community informed about the results of
engineering at Duke University.
its ongoing research. Kelly Houck is a biological anthropologist
"The project definitely impacted my career trajectory. Working
and UNC PhD candidate who studies human health. As part of
abroad required me to plan ahead, anticipate problems, organize conher fieldwork on San Cristóbal, she collected samples of tap water
tingencies, and communicate effectively. These skills are useful in any
to test for contamination as well as took blood, urine, and fecal
career and the opportunity to practice them was invaluable," he says.
samples from local residents to measure different health impacts.
"I am currently writing the results of my research on drinking
"The water samples needed to be tested within 24 hours of
collection and because of GSC infrastructure, we were able to give water in San Cristobal for publication," he adds.
UNC has also sent local K-12 and community college educators
the results back immediately to the households and provide sugto the Galápagos through its World View program, which strives to
gestions for treating contaminated water, such as boiling or using
help teachers give their own students global competency. "We've seen
bottled water for drinking," she says. 
"In addition, we were able to provide them with preliminary results this partnership benefit those beyond our campus as well," she says.
Young says that having faculty members who are deeply comfrom their blood and urine test for indicators of infections, and advise
mitted to the local community has been key from a partnership
them to seek further free testing at the hospital on San Cristóbal."
development standpoint.
UNC-Chapel Hill's Young adds that it is not only the local
"It couldn't have happened without two institutions that wanted
community in the Galápagos that benefits from the partnership.
it to happen, and two leaders, Carlos and I, who saw a vision,
UNC-Chapel Hill's undergraduate students have also been able to
transmitted it to other faculty and students, and moved forward
participate in opportunities through the partnership. In addition
to semester- or year-long exchanges to USFQ, undergraduates can with a program that would be committed to community outreach,
education, and research at a marvelous place," Walsh adds. n
also take advantage of faculty-led summer programs.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Global Spotlight Cuba
Insights
Voices
Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
Campus Snapshot: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
Partnering
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Global Spotlight Cuba
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Insights
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
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